Is Knowledge Power?

Dear Parishioners,

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones”" (Matt 11:25).

We are arguably the most well-read and knowledgeable people in the history of mankind. Think of how many books exist, how much information there is on health, science, history, the environment, and so on. We watch documentaries and ‘how to’ YouTube videos, listen to podcasts, and read magazines. I don't know about you, but I am constantly reading, constantly researching. Is it out of curiosity that we want to know? Or is it out of desperation, as we subscribe subconsciously to the maxim, "knowledge is power"? Or some other reason we seek wisdom?

What our Lord tells us this 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time is that knowledge is obtainable, but not necessarily by the method we assume. It is not by reading and researching that we learn. We can consume all the information we want and still not understand. To be wise is not about filling yourself with endless data, as if data were tools for your toolbox. Rather, to be wise is to be empty and dependent, like a child. The wisest person has nothing. “See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass” (Zec 9:9).

This is not intended to be a knock against learning. We should read and make ourselves somewhat well-informed. But if we want to be truly wise, we should have a spirit of meekness about us. We should be simple and allow God to fill us with whatever he chooses to bestow. We may be the most knowledgeable people who have ever walked the face of the earth, but are we the happiest? One could claim we today are more depressed, anxiety-ridden, or aggravated than ever before. It reminds one of the Italian saying, “We were better off when we were worse off.”

Perhaps this Sunday can remind us that a relationship with Jesus Christ will make us as smart and healthy as possible. “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live (Rom 8:13).”

I want to thank Deacon Robinson Ortiz for his intrepid technological and social media skills. If you have not seen the weekly videos he has produced, please check them out on FaceBook. He is also writing a synopsis about the Sunday readings each week in our bulletin. The readings can often be difficult to understand, particularly the letters from St. Paul. Our experience of Mass and of the Liturgy of the Word is heightened and improved when we have a better grasp of the message from each of the readings. I encourage you all not just to read Deacon Robinson's synopsis, but also to read the Sunday readings before Mass.

The Men's Club has a meeting this Monday night at 7:30pm. I'm excited for the golf outing on Saturday, August 19th—register if you haven't yet done so! All men are welcome. Also, the Cancer Support Group will meet this Tuesday night. And thank you to our School Parent Ambassador Team for their efforts at promoting our school and our sense of community. Please think of signing up for the Cubs Rooftop. Let’s go Cubs.

I hope you are enjoying these fine July days!

Yours in Christ,
Father James

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